Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic highlight All-NBA team

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To tell the future of NBA is bright is perhaps the understatement of the year.

The 2021-22 All-NBA teams were announced Tuesday night, and for the first time in 67 years, the first team is made up entirely of players age 27 or younger.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Dallas Mavericks guard Lukas Doncic Highlighting the league’s All-NBA team. They are joined by Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum in the first-team.

Antetokounmpo — who ranked third in the NBA in scoring (29.9 ppg) and sixth in rebounds (11.6 rpg) this season — was the only player to get all 100 possible first-team votes received and finished with 500 points in his fourth consecutive first-team selection. He is the first player in 50 years to be unanimously selected to the All-NBA First Team for four straight seasons.

Dončić was the only players, along with Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant and Max Zaslofsky, to make the first-team three or more times before the age of 24, while Booker and Tatum both received first-team call-ups.

“It just shows where he’s going and how he’s developing,” Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said of Dončić. “What he’s doing for this team is unbelievable.”

Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid, the NBA’s top scorer and second to Jokic for MVP, led the second team. He was joined by Ja Morant, Durant, Stephen Curry and DeMar DeRozan.

The third team consisted of Karl-Anthony Towns, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Trae Young and Pascal Siakam.

This is James’ 18th All-NBA selection, adding to his own NBA record for most all-time. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan are next on the list at 15 each.


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